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Community Building & Education at Long Wharf Preserve

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Arabelle Schoenberg

Two weeks ago, 50 dedicated volunteers turned out to Long Wharf Nature Preserve in honor of Earth Day for a beach cleanup co-sponsored by Patagonia New Haven and Denali/Trailblazer. We spent two hours combing every inch of the preserve and picking up hundreds of pounds of trash that had accumulated in the preserve throughout the long winter. Volunteers were helping to prepare the preserve for New Haven’s 10th Annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Bike Ride, a beloved community celebration of all things environmental in the Elm City.

Climate Change & Re-Wilding in New Haven

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Arabelle Schoenberg

Pond Lily Nature Preserve is not just a great place for hiking and river views – it also serves as a crucial site for research on ecosystem change, plant systems, and climate change. Due to the removal of the Pond Lily Dam in February 2016, the natural ecosystem at Pond Lily Preserve is regenerating and returning to its natural state. Parts of the land that were previously six feet underwater are newly exposed and revegetating. The West River is forging a new course through the former dam site and the current flows more quickly than before.

New Haven's Newest IBA

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Arabelle Schoenberg

Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Preserve was declared New Haven's newest IBA last week! IBA stands for Important Bird Area and it is a classification given by the Audubon Society to natural areas, both urban and rural, that are considered important for the conservation of at-risk bird populations. Audubon CT approved the addition of Quinnipiac Meadows Preserve to the pre-existing Quinnipiac Tidal Marsh IBA, which spans over 900 acres of marshland along the Quinnipiac River in New Haven, North Haven, and Hamden. 

Working to End Waterfowl Hunting along the Quinnipiac River

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Arabelle Schoenberg

In the early mornings, some neighbors of the Quinnipiac Meadows Nature Preserve hear gunshots. Currently, hunting is legal along the Quinnipiac River as long as all shooting happens north of the boundary line extending from Grannis Island (on the southernmost tip of the preserve) to Lombard Street on the other side of the river. The hunting boundary was moved up to this point in 2009 in response to safety concerns for families living nearby.

Horseshoes at New Haven Harbor

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Arabelle Schoenberg

This summer, the New Haven Land Trust has hosted two Hunting for Horseshoes events at Long Wharf Nature Preserve. In partnership with Sacred Heart University's Project Limulus, the New Haven Land Trust has brought researchers from the program to teach community members about horseshoe crabs and how to catch them and collect data for the Project.